The Genesis of Urban Landscape: The Pearl River Delta in South China

Ipsen, Detlev / Li, Yongning / Weichler, Holger (Editor)

Universität Kassel, Fachbereich 6, ISBN: 978-3-89117-153-0, 2005, 142 Pages
(Arbeitsberichte Architektur, Stadtplanung, Landschaftsplanung 161)

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Content: `The Genesis of Urban Landscapes` takes a closer look at the spatial impacts of the rapid process of urbanization in the Southern Chinese Pearl River Delta. The leading hypothesis of this book is that the integration of architecture and urban design, the infrastructure and the environmental conditions, the diversity of urban areas, areas of recreation, of agriculture and industry in the Pearl River Delta will lead to a high aesthetical quality of an urban landscape which can be the basis of future social and economical development. The concept of this book could be called a multilevel one: The first level contents theoretical and empirical analysis. The second level includes essays and stories to contribute a portrait to the picture of the urbanization process in South Chinas most successful boom region. The third level discusses designs of future developments as some kind of scenarios to open discussion of planning the future of the Delta.

The bases on the research and field work of the members of the "Pearl River Delta Project" at the University of Kassel in which Chinese and German experts as well as students of various nationalities have been studying the dynamic spatial processes in the Pearl River since 2003.

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